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Assembly Technologies for Hybrid structurEs of Natural fiber compositeS

ATHENS is an integrated collaboration between the different regions of Flanders, Wallonia and France, researching different joining techniques of biodegradable thermoplastic composites and drawing up a demonstration model to transfer this information to industry.

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The project

The use of fiber-reinforced plastics enables manufacturers in the transport sector and automotive to build light, yet very stiff and strong (sandwich) structures. This is in line with the evolution towards minimizing vehicle weight and maximizing payload, for both freight and passenger transport. This is clearly part of an overarching effort to reduce the ecological footprint of transport.

Not only the optimal technical performance of lightweight structures contributes to their ecological sustainability, but also the basic materials used and the production processes used. In this respect, natural fiber reinforced thermoplastic plastic structures offer a solution that is both technologically (performance) and ecologically attractive.

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Project news

Measurements at the Circular Materials Center (Kortrijk)


On 03.12.2021, project partner IMT Lille Douai carried out measurements in the Circular Materials Center as part of their research into optimizing a laser welding connection. KU Leuven is a partner in the Circular Material Center in Kortrijk.

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Certificate European Adhesive Bonder (EAB)


In the week of September 6-10, Sofie Verstraete obtained the European Adhesive Bonder (EAB) diploma within the project partner KU Leuven campus Bruges.

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IMT Lille Douai presentation at EUROMAT 2021 conference


An oral presentation abstract by IMT Lille Douai has been approved for participation at EUROMAT 2021 (

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